しろくまカフェ Vol 1: Absolute Beginner Book Club

Yeah, I got a message through my existing eBookJapan account about transferring to Yahoo! Japan. I muddled through the Yahoo! Japan sign-up process as best I could with Rikaikun, had some adventures doing a captcha in hiragana, and had to enter both a 郵便番号 and a 性別 in the process, neither of which I really have. I think I now have a Yahoo! Japan account that is associated with my existing eBookJapan account, but I’m not sure if it’s given me access to my previously purchased しろくまカフェ e-book yet. I’ll keep an eye on it. (Edit: It did show up a few minutes later.)

So by way of warning, if you’ve already purchased it on eBookJapan, you may have to go through a transfer process eventually, and it doesn’t seem too straightforward. Hopefully someone will make a guide for that before it becomes completely mandatory.

I just saw that. D: I have like 500 (free) downloaded manga. :weary: I don’t like transfers at the best of times, imagine now in Japanese.

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Just got my copy delivered today! This will be my first book club on here. Can’t wait!

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My copy arrived today too! I was worried it wouldn’t be here until April, so I’m excite.

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wow, it frustrates me because i dont understand japanese well, so i wont understand the process and what to do but i dont want to loose any of my mangas and the access

So I managed to go through the transfer process yesterday and while it wasn’t the easiest thing I’ve ever done it also wasn’t as horrible as i thought it would be

I’ll try to sum up how I did it but since I already made the transfer I can’t check if everything is correct nor take screenshots of most of the process

  • Go here: https://www.ebookjapan.jp/ebj/guide/account-transfer/
  • Login using your existing ebookjapan account
  • You will land on a long page filled with lots of stuff I didn’t really understand but on the bottom you should find two buttons: one to create a new yahoo japan account and one to link an existing one (I couldn’t see the buttons using google chrome so I had to use edge but that might just be my problem)
  • Click the first, it will bring you to this page
  • Click the circled link and you will find yourself on the registration form
  • For the japanese postal code you can insert a random one (123-4567) or just google for a real one if you get an error
  • As you fill the form an hiragana chaptcha will appear, good luck with that
  • Submit the form and at this point you might end up in a page about the transfer of T-Points (something that you earned from previous purchases) where you might have to confirm some of the info you provided earlier
  • Confirm those info too and now you should get an email with a confirmation code to input in the next page.

And if I remember correctly this should be it. You successfully created an Yahoo Japan account.
At this point you should see a page telling you that you transferred everything correctly and a link to the new ebookjapan website. If this doesn’t happen, don’t worry. Just go back to the first page you visited and use the button for those who already have a Yahoo Japan account (you now have one), login with that and now your transfer should be complete.

As @NLeseul said it takes a few minutes for your ebooks to show up on the new site (took almost an hour for me, of course I wasn’t freaking out at all…)

As I said I can’t guarantee that this is the exact procedure but I think I did something along those lines and it worked so…

I hope this can help someone

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You were probably using Adblock. :open_mouth:

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:neutral_face: Woops :sweat:

Yeah that might be the case… I found it weird at first because I was missing an entire block of page with a bunch of text, not just the buttons. But as every good software engineer should do I thought of every possible reason except the most obvious one :no_mouth:

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You know it. :stuck_out_tongue:
Thank you so much! It indeed wasn’t that hard, but your guide was very helpful. :slight_smile:
Now I have a Yahoo!Japan account, I think? :sweat_smile: It might come in handy at some point.

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Wonderful. That looks pretty consistent with what I remember. Just a couple of things I’d add:

  • I don’t think you need to use a real postal code. I just put in 123-4567 for mine, and it didn’t seem to complain. (As far as I can tell, there’s no such place in actual Japan.)
  • I did see another registration step after this where I had to confirm gender, birthdate, and postal code, I think… something about the “T-Points” system. I may have only gotten that because I tried to select その他 for my gender, and that second form only offered me 男性 and 女性.
  • I think after that, I had to go back to that original transfer page on eBookJapan and enter my Yahoo! Japan login there so it could connect the accounts.
  • You are effectively signing up for a Yahoo! Japan e-mail account here, so you may want to set up some way of accessing that account in case anything important goes there. The normal “Yahoo!” option in the Android Gmail app worked for me to add it as an IMAP account.
  • As far as I can tell, there is no Yahoo! Japan e-reader app available for Android in the US region. So that’s one thing we’re losing due to this transfer.
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I tried a random one and got an error so I went on and googled one… Maybe it was a little too random :sweat_smile:

Oh right, there was a page about the transfer of T-Points or something like that, but I think I got that later on, after I created and confirmed the account.

I’ll update my original post just in case, thanks for the info

I hope my book arrives on time. I ordered it over a month ago T T

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I think I did it right, but I cannot find the book I bought. May it take a while to transfer?

Yes, it may take up to an hour, but I don’t think it’d take that long for a single book.

Yeap! It’s there now.

In order to get the new app for iOS, do I need a Japanese Apple ID?

:cold_sweat: すみませんが、知りません。

Seems like the app is only available in the Japanese App Store (for now, at least). Maybe they’ll publish it in other regions too, but since the yahoo! app is not entirely new, it’s rather unlikely. To access the Japanese App Store you’d need a Japanese Apple ID.

Any tip on how to create one? I have an US account, and now I’ve moved to Barcelona and I need to migrate it to Spain… and I’ll have to create a one for Japan… pfff

Just ordered my copy. I should have it by Wednesday. So excited! :green_book::bug: This is also my first community post, so hello everybody!

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You just have to provide an address, but they don’t check it, so you can put in a random address from google maps I think. Also, I don’t think you can use a non-Japanese credit card for payment, so you’d need to buy gift cards online or while you’re in Japan (but maybe there’s another workaround that I don‘t know of, but that’s what I always did).
Some problems arise when you login with another Apple ID onto a device where you’ve used another ID before. Once you buy something on the Japanese App Store, you can’t switch back to your old one and download already bought stuff from your other account for 90 days. So, you should download everything you bought (apps, books, music etc.) before you decide to buy something on the Japanese Store.

However, switching back and forth and downloading free apps and updates from either store is no problem, and everything you already downloaded will stay on your phone. (I think there’s some more problems when you have an Apple Music subscription, but I can’t comment on that).

So it’s a bit of a hassle when getting started, and you have to be aware of this 90 day limit (probably to prevent you from people sharing Apple ID‘s and downloading each other‘s stuff without paying themselves), but if you don’t usually delete and redownload stuff you bought in the past, you should be fine.